Gilmore encouraged to engage in dialogue on future of left
Commenting on the election of Éamon Gilmore TD to the leadership of the Labour Party, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:
"On behalf of Sinn Féin I wish Éamon Gilmore well in his new position as leader of the Labour Party. He brings a wealth of experience to his post. Between 1997 and 2002 he and I were members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment and Local Government and I have found him an able politician with whom we in Sinn Féin share many common approaches, especially in relation to local democracy and the housing needs of our people.
"I would encourage Éamon Gilmore and his Labour colleagues to engage in dialogue on the future of the left in Irish politics. There is a real challenge to all progressive people to end the total dominance of the two major conservative parties - Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. This can only be done by providing a coherent alternative which will not only mobilise support from parties of the left such as Sinn Féin, Labour and the Greens but will convince many of the current voters of Fianna Fáil - and even of Fine Gael - that there is a better way.
"The Sinn Féin Oireachtas members look forward to working in co-operation with the Labour Party in the forthcoming Dáil term and I congratulate Éamon Gilmore on his new position of leadership." ENDS